The Volkswagen Group builds automated testing environment
The Volkswagen (VW) Group’s Electric Development department tests and enhances the technologies that support intelligent, connected vehicles. To improve testing speeds, scalability, and consistency, the VW Group used Red Hat technology to create a mixed-mode testing environment that combines virtual and real-life testing. With this new environment and an architecture created with Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, the VW Group improved component integrations, introduced self-service provisioning, and reduced costs for system tests by 50%.
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The VW Group’s Electric Development department tests and adjusts electronic control units (ECUs), which control a vehicle’s electric systems. However, several factors made this work challenging. The VW Group needed to change its processes to increase collaboration with the external vendors who contribute ECU technology. It wanted a standardized architecture and a virtualized, automated environment for its testing.
After sketching the vision and trying different technical ideas, the group turned to Red Hat, a trusted vendor. The project started with a 12-week hands-on residency with Red Hat Open Innovation Labs to develop and test the core of the VW Group’s future software integration platform. This platform supports early integration testing of software functions at scale using Red Hat OpenShift, an enterprise Kubernetes container platform. The VW Group also benefited from Red Hat training and technical support.
With its standardized architecture and virtualized, automated testing environment, the VW Group reduced costs for system tests by 50%. It also improved cross-team and partner collaboration with its new platform and agile processes. The group plans to enhance and expand its Red Hat software environment to support current and future innovation. It is evaluating the creation of an end-to-end integration test process for its Car.Software organization with a goal to move from code commit to deployment in customer cars in just 24 hours.
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